The Rubberbandits off to Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

THE Rubberbandits are taking their Horse Outside to the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

THE Rubberbandits are taking their Horse Outside to the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The plastic-bag wearing rappers have been invited to perform 12 dates at the world’s largest arts festival, where they say they will perform the “funniest, filthiest comedy rave in the festival’s history”.

It will be the Limerick duo’s official debut in the festival’s programme and comes hot on the heels of picking up a top UK Chortle comedy award.

The show is being produced by a top UK production team - involved with BAFTA winner Stewart Lee - and will run for 12 nights in the Gilded Balloon Teviot in Edinburgh.

The announcement comes on the back of the duo wrapping filming on their Channel 4 commissioned television pilot, which was shot in both Dublin and Limerick.

A full half-hour programme that is to air in autumn of this year, it is the first Irish written and performed comedy to be commissioned by the UK station since Fr Ted in the mid-1990s.

Indeed Fr Ted director Declan Lowney worked on this pilot with the Bandits, which a spokesperson for the duo said “everyone was delighted with how well it went”.

The commission from Channel 4 came on the back of the success of the series of online comedy ‘blaps’ the ‘Bandits made for the station last year which were directed by Lowney.Fiona McDermott, commissioning editor with Channel 4, said the ‘Bandits are “a truly original comedy duo, with an ever growing fan base. The pilot promises to deliver even more of their musical genius and absurd characters”.

In the run up to their Edinburgh Fringe appearance, Blind Boy Boat Club and Mr Chrome will be playing a series of live gigs across Ireland.

For more see www.therubberbandits.com